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Lubbock’s $153M Buddy Holly Hall Due to Open in 2020 By Cindy Riley CEG CORRESPONDENT
Named for legendary singer-songwriter, the Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences will serve as a catalytic project for downtown redevelopment when it opens in Lubbock, Texas, in 2020. The $153 million project will create close to 1,200 jobs from construction efforts alone, and host an estimated 250,000 visitors annually. “The Lubbock community has dreamed of a performing arts center for more than 30 years,” said Michelle Stephens, marketing director, Lubbock Entertainment/Performing Arts Association (LEPPA). “It’s absolutely thrilling for our community to see the construction efforts going on each day, as this dream becomes more and more realized.” Buddy Holly Hall is located in the heart of downtown Lubbock, and is easily accessible from the Marsha Sharp Freeway and I27. The more than 200,000 sq. ft., state-ofthe-art facility is expected to have a dramatic impact on the entire area. “It will change the face of entertainment and visual and performing arts education across the South Plains. Having a 2,200-seat, world-class theatre in Lubbock will allow Buddy Holly Hall to bring in top Broadway shows, entertainers and performers, comedians and musicians from all over the world.” Buddy Holly Hall is designed to be a true performing arts campus, which will house a ballet school, a bistro and the Lubbock Independent School District’s (LISD) fine arts programs, serving over 24,000 Lubbock students enrolled in fine arts classes. Sixty-
one percent of the 29,000 total students enrolled are socio-economically disadvantaged. “Having LISD as a permanent resident of Buddy Holly Hall and the only school district to call Buddy Holly Hall ‘home’ adds further tribute to the legacy of Buddy Holly, a 1955 LISD graduate and member of the Lubbock High School choir,” said Stephens. Ballet Lubbock is another anchor tenant of Buddy Holly Hall, occupying a 22,000sq. ft. dance facility inside the building. The dance center will contain the entire operation of Ballet Lubbock, including six studios, parent and community space, production areas and administrative offices. The new location will allow them more than double the space of the current location, and will be closer to the communities served in north and east Lubbock. LEPAA photo
The $153 million project will create close to 1,200 jobs from construction efforts alone, and host an estimated 250,000 visitors annually.
Council. Over the decades, the dream never died, and continued to surface in city planning and imagining efforts. In 2013, the Imagine Lubbock Together committee thrust the idea of a performing arts center LEPAA photo back into the limelight as a cornerThe more than 200,000 sq. ft., state-of-the-art stone of downtown Lubbock redefacility is expected to have a dramatic impact velopment. Later that year, LEPAA on the entire area. was established, and development The idea of a performing arts center in and fundraising efforts began for a new perLubbock began in the 1980s with the munic- forming arts center. ipal arts committee of the Lubbock City “The Lubbock community has been
tremendously supportive of Buddy Holly Hall. Upon completion, Buddy Holly Hall will be the largest privately-funded effort across the South Plains,” said Stephens. “All funds for construction have been raised through the incredible generosity of Lubbock citizens, businesses and area foundations.” Stephens noted that Buddy Holly Hall is built for the community, by the community. “I hope each person who attends a performance or event at Buddy Holly Hall is see HALL page 12
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Bee Equipment Thrives in West Texas Market Lubbock, Texas, is home to one of the largest compaction equipment dealers in the United States. But the folks at Bee Equipment would just as soon keep that a secret. “We’re not real splashy,” said Bee’s owner, Everett Monroe. “Most of us here are Lubbock born and bred. What we really care about is being the best at what we do, where we do it.” What Bee does is sell and service compaction and paving equipment, as well as renting earth moving machines. Their service area is West Texas and Eastern New Bee Equipment’s lineup includes ASV, LeeBoy, Dynapac, CMI and Broce Broom.
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salesman, Larry Green, to convince the ownership that there was a huge opportunity to sell compaction equipment to municipalities in Lubbock and surrounding cities. In 1986, Bee took on the Dynapac line, one of the few rollers on the market at the time.
Over the next 30 years, it grew to be one of the leading Dynapac dealers nationally. Subsequently, the company became a Broce Broom dealer. Over the years, it has added LeeBoy, Rosco, Talbert Trailer, ASV skid steers, Midland road wideners, and most recently, CMI compactors. While the equipment has changed and the markets have fluctuated, Monroe’s team has remained astoundingly consistent for the past two decades. Rusty Swan is now sales manager and has been with Bee for 18 years. Mike Kuehn, Monroe’s sonin-law is territory manager for the
oil-rich Odessa/Midland area and has been with the company for 15 years. Family runs deep at Bee, and Swan’s nephew, Jarrod, is territory manager of the Amarillo area and the rest of the panhandle. Robert Bean (municipal sales), Jeff Brown (service manager) and Randy Fleming (parts manager) are also key team members. Vickey Ford, known by the staff as “The Queen Bee”, is in her 30th year with the company. Consistency among the staff has been critical to the company’s growth, according to Monroe, especially considering the rollercoaster nature of the oilfield busi-
ness, which accounts for 50 percent of its sales. Still, “our market is not as up and down as the rest of Texas,” Monroe said. “We are a little more steady, thanks to the government and agriculture segments.” Notably, the company provided equipment to Granite Construction when Interstate 27 was being constructed and later for the Marsha Sharp Freeway, a major loop around Lubbock. (This story also can be found on Construction Equipment Guide’s website at www.constructionequipmentguide.com.) CEG
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Oldcastle Announces State-of-the-Art Manufacturing Facility Jewell, an Oldcastle Company, has announced the opening of a new state-of-art 23,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Burnet, Texas. The new plant will service Central Texas, including the Austin and San Antonio markets, and is located on 15-acres with an onsite quarry providing raw materials. Founded in 1936 with manufacturing operations based in Katy, Waco, Hurst, and Rosenberg, Texas, Jewell services the Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma markets as part of the Oldcastle APG network of companies. Jewell also operates seven distribution facilities in the areas of Houston, Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth. “Jewell is pleased and excited to bring employment opportunities to the Burnet community with the addition of this new manufacturing business,” said Dan Hamblen, president of Jewell. “This addition to our existing production facilities will serve a critical role in supplying high growth markets in the residential and commercial sectors throughout our region.” The facility will be dedicated to Oldcastle’s market-leading concrete and mortar brands which include Sakrete, Techniseal and Amerimix, serving the DIY, commercial masonry and professional contractor markets. “The new plant allows us to produce our product lines in a very safe and efficient manner and to continue Jewell’s growth in our respective markets,” said Pat Miller, Jewell’s vice president of operations. “This new, strategic investment in
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Oldcastle APG/Jewell manufacturing is the latest example of our sustained commitment to masonry and the concrete dry mix industry,” said Tim Ortman, president of Oldcastle APG. “The new facility will help support and grow our Sakrete, Amerimix and Techniseal brands, making them available on a wider scale and fuel continued growth in key markets. Masonry — a time tested and effective solution — remains a central cog in our Architectural Products Group portfolio capable of meeting the needs of today’s market few others can match.” The plant will support the successful platform that brings Echelon’s Amerimix WRM to the pro masonry market, which now features an ongoing campaign urging contractors to “Ditch the Sand Pile” to save time and
job efficiencies with a quality pre-blended mortar. Amerimix mortars can be mixed 50 percent faster and are available in a portfolio of masonry colors. When used with concrete masonry units that contain Oldcastle’s partner RainBloc GP, the system creates a superior moisture barrier that inhibits water penetration. Sakrete is the company’s easy-to-blend, easy-to-use DIY bagged concrete mix that helps any homeowner complete their outdoor projects. Techniseal is the perfect complement to Oldcastle’s Belgard concrete pavers as a preferred jointing material. It seals paver joints but remains flexible to prevent cracking. As Hamblen notes, there have been few
concrete dry mix plants constructed in the past few decades, so this state-of-the-art, ultra-modern concrete production facility is very meaningful to the industry, as well as to worker safety, the environment and the local community. “The new plant represents future sustained growth and confidence by Oldcastle, not only in our company and brands, but in the entire industry. We are excited for the future of masonry, both here in Texas and nationwide.” For more information, visit https://www.jewellcp.com. (This story also can be found on Construction Equipment Guide’s website at www.constructionequipmentguide.com.)
Heil Strengthens Commitment With New El Paso Location Heil’s dealer network is riding a little taller in the saddle now. Heil of Texas, which has been providing sales, parts and comprehensive service to fleet owners since 2001, is increasing its investment in the Lone Star State and New Mexico with the opening of a new facility in El Paso. “Heil’s dealer network provides unequalled service to waste haulers throughout the country,” said Pat Carroll, president of Heil. “In many parts of the country our competition is actually pulling out of some markets, so we’re proud to focus our efforts on supporting Heil of Texas and other Heil dealers as they continue to expand their territory to serve more customers.” Heil of Texas sells and services all Heil products, including OEM
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project coming online. Our goal is to develop a supply for our sponsors that takes them 50 years and beyond.â€? The projectâ€™s cost will be shared by all coalition members in percentages proportionate to use. The first of two phases will cost $12.4 million, which is being paid by members now. The second phase will be paid for through a loan from the Texas Water Development Board. â€œWe knew that mounting individual projects would be very expensive and that we could achieve economies of scale if we banded together,â€? said Tom Taggart, San Marcosâ€™ executive director of public services. â€œThis is a success story, I think, of how itâ€™s a lot better to work together to reach a common goal for the common good than individually compete against each other for resources.â€? For more information, visit statesman.com. (This story also can be found on Construction Equipment Guideâ€™s website at www.constructionequipmentguide.com.)
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MBC Partners Breaks Ground on WaterWalk in Richardson WaterWalk, Jack DeBoer’s fifth national brand, announced the groundbreaking of its third property at 2210 North Glenville Drive in Richardson, Texas. This is the second WaterWalk franchise property sponsored by MBC Partners who opened their first WaterWalk franchise property in Centennial, Colo., in September of this year. The planned two-building, four-story, 153-room hybrid hotel and apartment concept has a projected opening date of November 2018. Law Company of Wichita, Kan., is serving as general contractor and Woolpert of Dallas, Texas is serving as architect and civil engineer. WaterWalk was created by entrepreneur Jack DeBoer, founder of Residence Inn (now Marriott), Candlewood Suites, Value Place (now WoodSpring Suites), and Summerfield Suites (now Hyatt House). WaterWalk’s first property opened in Wichita, Kansas, in November 2014 and its second property opened in Centennial, Colo., in September 2017. Three additional locations are under construction and seven construction starts are planned for the next eight months. The next two locations to open
will be San Antonio, Texas, in March 2018 and Las Colinas, Texas, in May 2018. WaterWalk combines the space and comfort of apartment living with the services of an upscale hotel. Business travelers staying a few nights to several months for relocations, training or projects gain an added level of comfort and convenience with a fullyequipped modern kitchen, full-size in-room washer and dryer, housekeeping and customized breakfast options delivered weekly to their suite. Guests also enjoy an onsite fitness center, 300 DirecTV channels and a DVR, internet and 24/7 front desk service. For those seeking an improved apartment experience, residents of WaterWalk get more for their money with all utilities, internet, DirecTV with 300 channels, and a DVR included in one monthly payment. Additional benefits include a washer and dryer in each unit, flexible lease terms, 24/7 front desk service, an on-site fitness center and the savings and convenience of no security deposit, administrative fee, or utility deposits. Upon completion, WaterWalk Richardson guests will experience additional amenities not yet seen before at previous WaterWalk
locations with the planned introduction of WaterWalk Prototype 4.0. New amenities will include a beautiful outdoor swimming pool with a lounge area along with an expansive outdoor green space. WaterWalk Richardson also will be the very first WaterWalk location to have balconies and a spacious new lobby. The open concept will invite guests and residents to linger and connect with one another at the coffee bar or over a televised sporting event on the 70” flat screen television in the media room. A high level of attention will also be paid to selecting comfortable and stylish lobby furniture to further enhance the guest experience. “WaterWalk is eager to add another WaterWalk property to the thriving Dallas, Texas, area and we’re honored to be doing it with MBC’s founding partners: Rob Mossburg, Chris Copps and Bill Booth,” said David Redfern, president of WaterWalk. “MBC Partners could not be more pleased to break ground in Richardson with its second WaterWalk franchise, and to have invested in two of the country’s most dynamic markets,” said Rob Mossburg. “We
look forward to a smooth construction period, a strong pre-opening sales effort, and witnessing the operational talents for which WaterWalk management is well known.” Companies using WaterWalk for their corporate housing needs will find a particularly convenient added level of service compared to other corporate housing facilities, including a national sales team, full support staff on-site 24 hours a day for any guest needs, increased flexibility in arrival and departure dates, and the convenience of a 24hour notice to vacate. WaterWalk is focused on strategically expanding throughout the United States via corporate and franchised locations. Over the next two years, WaterWalk’s expansion plans include properties in Denver, Colo.; Washington, D.C.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Salt Lake City, Utah; Miami, Fla.; Charlotte, N.C.; Raleigh, N.C.; Overland Park, Kan.; Nashville, Tenn,; and Austin, Texas. For more information, call 316/631-1351 or visit waterwalk.com. (This story also can be found on Construction Equipment Guide’s website at www.constructionequipmentguide.com.)
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Crews Ready to Begin Steel Work on Buddy Holly Hall HALL from page 1
overwhelmed with a sense of pride in the amazing, inspiring venue our community has built together.” Holly’s widow is equally excited about the ongoing construction efforts. “Maria Elena Holly has been extremely supportive of the Buddy Holly Hall project from the get-go. She graciously allowed LEPAA to name the performing arts center after Buddy Holly as a tribute to his legacy. Maria Elena and other members of the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation further showed their support during a visit to Lubbock when they toured the Buddy Holly Hall construction site in September, on what would have been Buddy’s 81st birthday.” Lee Lewis Construction is serving as the
Steel erection is scheduled to begin this winter, with chilly temperatures an understandable concern. Mass excavation and underground MEP has already been completed, along with half the concrete work for the basement. Dirt removal for this portion of the project totaled 40,000 cu. yds. Approximately 50,000 cu. yds. of dirt/material will be moved during construction. Key tasks to be carried out include steel erection, building dry-in and interior finish out. The condition of the job site prior to construction was unremarkable. “It was a DPS headquarters that was demolished by the owner, said Krier. “There were a couple of radio towers we took down. Other than that, it was a field.”
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general contractor. Project manager Sam Krier said the challenges are many. “The acoustical aspects of the theater are tough. The acoustics require special sound walls, special entries into the theater and special requirements regarding the HVAC equipment and ductwork. Also, the feature stair in the lobby will prove difficult. It’s on an ellipse with extravagant finishes. “All of the theater audio-visual equipment will require a massive coordination effort with the end user and theater equipment subcontractors,” said Krier. “The orchestra pit lift is a moving part of the theater sitting on a massive hydraulic system that can raise to become part of the stage, lower to become an orchestra pit or move up and down to move seating wagons down into the basement. Work began on the project in May 2017, and should be complete by February 2020. Weather is always a factor, with rain causing issues for crews completing the foundation.
vision for the performing arts project was to be an inclusive, inviting destination that supports a range of artistic and educational endeavors. “This is made evident by the partners on the project that will call Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts & Sciences their home, including Ballet Lubbock, the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra and the local school, Lubbock ISD Visual and Performing Arts. The objective is to create a world-class facility to support LEPAA photo the renewal of downtown Lubbock.” Lella, who views challenges as creNamed for legendary singer-songwriter, the Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and ative opportunities, said the most Sciences will serve as a catalytic project for exciting undertaking is bringing difdowntown redevelopment when it opens in ferent groups together and conceivLubbock, Texas, in 2020. ing a flexibility in the use of space for the intended purposes now, as well as Heavy equipment required to carry out the for those not yet imagined. work includes excavators, loaders, haulers, “This center will be able to adapt as the concrete pump trucks, boom lifts, crawling nature and notion of performance changes cranes, man hoist, scaffolding and swing along with technology to add, for example, stages. Some of the main materials being virtual reality elements in staging. Of course, used during construction include steel and with any project, aspirations are often at concrete frame, metal panel and masonry odds with budget and creativity is applied exterior, wood and plaster on the interior. here as well, and LEPAA is doing tremen“The most time-consuming part of the dous work to enthuse the community to supwork will be structure and interior finish out. port this transformative project.” Both are extravagant. The theater will Being mindful of the environment also require massive coordination efforts with the was important to the creative team. acoustics and theater equipment and related “Sustainable design drives all of our comfinishes.” pany’s work. This is shared by our partners According to Matthew Lella, principal, on Buddy Holly Hall, including Parkhill, Diamond Schmitt Architects, the overall Smith & Cooper Inc., MWM Architects,
Crossey Engineering and Entuitive consulting engineers. As for working on a project that will inspire so many for years to come, said Lella, “Diamond Schmitt Architects has 40 performing arts centers in its portfolio. We know the transformative nature a successful venue can have on its community. It’s hugely gratifying to know the groundwork is laid to inspire both audiences and performers.” Lella credits the client and the shared support of the community to realize the vision to enshrine the legacy of Lubbock’s most famous son. “They could have chosen to pursue a corporate identity for the facility. By selecting Buddy Holly, this facility not only allows his name to live on but also gives recognition to the rich homegrown musical heritage of this part of Texas. It is very fitting for a venue that will place Lubbock on the map with world-class facilities able to host a full range of performance and inspire the next generation through education and entertainment.” Said Stephens, “We look forward to the day when folks traveling down the interstate or freeway can have the view of this absolutely stunning facility as a part of the Lubbock landscape. I hope Buddy would be proud that his music legacy has touched so many people across the world, and that it will continue to inspire.” (This story also can be found on Construction Equipment Guide’s website at www.constructionequipmentguide.com.) CEG
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Officials Mark South Orient Rail Rehabilitation Projects Texas Transportation Commissioner Tryon Lewis and State Rep. Drew Darby led a gathering of county, state and transportation officials in a rail spike-driving event today to commemorate federally-funded projects to rebuild 90.8 mi. of track on the South Orient Rail Line in West Texas. The event held at the San Angelo Railway Museum was punctuated by putting hammer to a golden spike to celebrate the improvements funded through the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) National Highway Freight Network. The projects include a $5.4 million rehabilitation of 53.4 mi. of track in Irion and Reagan counties and a $4.1 million rehabilitation of 37.4 mi. of track in Crane and Upton counties. These projects are in addition to a $7 million rehabilitation of 72 mi. of track from the Texas-Mexico border to Alpine funded by a federal FASTLANE grant. Work also is planned to reconstruct the Presidio-Ojinaga International Rail Bridge destroyed by fire in 2008. The bridge, one of five border rail crossings between Texas and Mexico, has remained closed. The $9.2 million cost of construction for the new bridge is being provided by Texas Pacifico Transportation Ltd., operators of the state-owned rail line. Investment in the line comes when yearly
carload counts have increased by nearly 300 percent over the past five years and 2017 is expected to be a record year. Commissioner Lewis called the improvements on the freight line, which supports the agriculture and oil and gas industry in the region, an important investment in the vitality of the West Texas economy. Speaking at the event, he thanked U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, Congressmen Will Hurd of San
Antonio and Michael Conaway of Midland, Rep. Darby and other officials for their support in attaining the funds to improve the safety and efficiency of the railroad and reconstruct the bridge. “Rebuilding the South Orient Rail Line will restore a critical corridor of trade between Texas and our state’s strongest trade partner,” said Sen. Cornyn. “I’m proud to have worked with TxDOT, USDOT and my
colleagues in Congress to help strengthen cross-border commerce and improve the flow of legitimate trade with Mexico.” “Cross-border trade is the lifeblood of many areas in my district,” said Hurd, who represents more than 800 miles of border, more than any other member of Congress. “I’m proud to have worked with TxDOT to secure funding for the South Orient Rail Line, so that this vital corridor can remain a pillar of Texas trade, benefitting the border region, West Texas and our State’s economy.” “The improvements that are being made to the rail line and the reconstruction of the rail bridge will provide future support for the communities and industries in Texas that rely on deliveries provided by the South Orient Railroad,” Commissioner Lewis said. The South Orient Rail Line runs 391 mi. from the Texas-Mexico border at Presidio through San Angelo to just south of Coleman. The line is owned by the state of Texas but maintained and operated by Texas Pacifico Transportation Ltd. under a lease with TxDOT. For more information, visit TxDOT.gov. (This story also can be found on Construction Equipment Guide’s website at www.constructionequipmentguide.com.)
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AEP Texas Rebuilds Transmission Line AEP Texas announced it will expedite the rebuilding of a vital power line in the Coastal Bend area that was devastated by Hurricane Harvey. The Aransas Pass-Port Aransas Transmission Line Rebuild Project components include: Rebuilding approximately 8.1 mi. of 69-kilovolt (kV) transmission line to help ensure electric reliability as the area continues to rebuild and recover from damage sustained during the storm; replacing fallen wooden structures with singlepole steel structures that will be more capable of withstanding hurricane-force winds, and; using existing companyowned easements or public easements. Right-of-way agents and crews have been performing preconstruction activities in the area and have begun contacting affected landowners and businesses to notify them of addi-
“AEP Texas continues to work to improve and upgrade the initial repairs following the storm.” Patrick King AEP Texas
tional field work and construction activities as reconstruction of the line is undertaken. It is expected that the reconstruction of the transmission line will provide for an end of May reenergization. “AEP Texas continues to work to improve and upgrade the initial repairs following the storm,” said AEP Texas External Affairs Manager Patrick King. “That's why we are rebuilding the damaged local electric transmission lines and equipment to strengthen the transmission grid and stormharden the existing infrastructure. By Sept. 9, AEP Texas, along with thousands of workers from American Electric Power, contractors and other utilities helped to restore power to more than 96 percent of the customers who could still take power following the storm, which made landfall on the evening of Aug. 25. “Transmission projects such as the Aransas Pass – Port Aransas Transmission Line Rebuild Project are critical to the electric system,” King continued. “AEP Texas realizes that construction projects may inconvenience landowners and the public and is committed to working with the community to minimize any impact.” AEP Texas serves nearly one million electric meters in the deregulated Texas marketplace. As an energy delivery (wires) company, AEP Texas delivers electricity safely and reliably to homes, businesses and industry across its nearly 100,000-sq.-mi. service territory in south and west Texas. AEP Texas also builds new power lines, restores service following outages and reads the meters via advanced meter technology for retail electric providers (REPs) throughout its service territory. The company also connects or disconnects service upon the orders of the REPs. (This story also can be found on Construction Equipment Guide’s website at www.constructionequipmentguide.com.)
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